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The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil

The Olive Farm: A Memoir of Life, Love and Olive Oil [Kindle Edition]

Carol Drinkwater
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'These engaging memoirs describe life at Appassionate...Carol guides us through the trails and tribulations of producing olive oil. What comes across is her love affair with a farm and a way of life that is utterly captivating...[an] exquisite collection.' GOOD BOOK GUIDE 'it beautifully underlines Carol's double love affair with Michel and with Provence.' LIVING EDGE (1.1.06) 'This beautifully photographed book is the follow-up to her much-loved Olive Trilogy.' WAITROSE FOOD ILLUSTRATED (1.4.06)


All my life, I have dreamed of acquiring a crumbling, shabby-chic house overlooking the sea. In my mind's eye, I have pictured a corner of paradise where friends can gather to swim, relax, debate, eat fresh fruits picked directly from the garden and great steaming plates of food served from an al fresco kitchen and dished up on to a candlelit table the length of a railway sleeper... When Carol Drinkwater and her partner Michel have the opportunity to buy 10 acres of disused olive farm in Provence, the idea seems absurd. After all, they don't have a lot of money, and they've only been together a little while. THE OLIVE FARM is the story of the highs and lows of purchasing the farm and life in Provence: the local customs and cuisine; the threats of fire and adoption of a menagerie of animals; the potential financial ruin and the thrill of harvesting their own olives - especially when they are discovered to produce the finest extra-virgin olive oil...


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 552 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 356 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0752877623
  • Verlag: Phoenix; Auflage: New Ed (9. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0053YQLU6
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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Carol Drinkwater erzählt ergreifend, spannend und informativ die authentische Geschichte über ihr Leben im Süden Frankreichs und ihre Liebe zu einem außergewöhnlichen Mann. Carol und Michel kaufen eine heruntergekommene Villa, eine Olivenfarm in Cannes. Sie leben ein Leben zwischen paradiesischer Idylle, leidenschaftlicher Liebe und dem Kampf um die Finanzierung ihres Traumes. Von der ersten Seite dieses Buches an wurde ich ein Teil der Olive Farm, gefesselt von der Realität und Spannung, in der Carol auf einfühlsame Weise von ihrem Leben erzählt. Ein Muß!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen AN INTOXICATING VISIT TO A FABLED LAND 16. Juli 2001
Von Gail Cooke - Veröffentlicht auf
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While the allure of a foreign land is a subject often plumbed by such attractive sojourners as Peter Mayle (A Year In Provence) and Frances Mayes (Under The Tuscan Sun), British writer/actress Carol Drinkwater offers refreshingly original musings on her love affair with southern France. She is particularly drawn to a tumble-down villa built in 1904; it is called Appassionata " a musical term meaning with passion."
"I am in the south of France, gazing at the not-so-distant Mediterranean, falling in love with an abandoned olive farm," Ms. Drinkwater writes. "The property, once stylish and now little better than a ruin, is for sale with ten acres of land."
Love, as has been said, is blind. In this case, an unabashed Francophile didn't see the lack of running water, save on a rainy day through holes in the roof, or moldering walls or the legions of insects who inhabit the long abandoned villa. She didn't envision the ponderously slow French property laws, the perplexities of nurturing olive trees, the idiosyncracies of the local residents, the vagaries of nature, or the amount of money needed to make her dream home habitable.
Warmed by the Mediterranean sun she simply thought, "To restore this old olive farm, with views overlooking the sea. To create roots, and with this may be illogical, but it feels right."
She invests all of her resources, including her only insurance policy, in what her friends and parents deem to be a scheme of madness, and stakes her future with Michel, a man who proposed the day after they met. So begins her joust with French law, her battles with fire and torrential rains, and her initiation into the complexities of olive farming: "A perfectly pruned olive tree is one through which a swallow can fly without its wings brushing the branches." In the process, she ingratiates herself with two teenage stepdaughters, adopts a number of stray dogs, and makes fast friends among the fascinating local citizenry.
At times, she and Michel find themselves find themselves countries apart in efforts to raise funds for their television projects, their only hope of keeping Appassionata in their possession.
Nonetheless, for Ms. Drinkwater all is a fantasy come true, as it will be for many readers who yearn to experience the magic of southern France.
Part teacher and part torchbearer for all things Provencal, the author includes many snippets of history in her memoir as well as detailed descriptions of the processing of olive oil. She's also a gifted wordsmith aptly capturing with a phrase the scenes, tastes, and fragrances of the land she has grown to love.
Armchair travelers will revel in this intoxicating visit to an ultra chic yet eternal corner of our world.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen More than just the South of France and Olives! 27. September 2004
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Initially, this book caught my eye because the story takes place in the French town where I was born and raised.

While I found interesting and informative to re-discover my hometown through the eyes of the writer, I was totally captured by the many sides to this book: the story about a foreigner adapting to a different culture (which I can relate to, having made my home in the USA...), a international love story between a French man and an English woman (I am French and my husband American), the author learning to become a stepmother, the huge task of nursing back to life a beautiful property which had been abandoned by its previous owners....

There are lots of stories within the main story... All so well written, I lost track of time a lot while reading this book...

I also, through her descriptions, recognized some of the characters!! (small town... VERY small town!!)

It was a true feast and I am ordering the sequel as soon as I am finished writing this review!!

Get this book, it will literally absorb you into its own world... Getting a glimpse of the South of France without leaving your armchair should be enticing enough... I could smell the lavender in the breeze, hear the ciccadas, and almost taste the local foods I so miss here in the US...

I recommend it to you all without any reservation!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Sweet life in southern France 12. September 2003
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When we came home from our vacation in southern France this summer my sister in law gave me this book. I have read Frances Mayes' books about Tuscany several times and love them so much, I though, oh, just another writer trying to write like her. But I was totally wrong. Carol Drinkwater buys a farm in southern France just like Mayes does in Tuscany, but there stops the similarity.
Carol Drinkwater's style of writing is unique in the way she let us take part in her life. The book is so much more than a book about buying a farm, it is a love story to the man in her kife she has just met, it is the story of how to adjust in the life of being a step mother, it is a story of adapting another country and it's inhabitants. And her writing is so good you just melt into the book, can't put it down, feel you are there at the farm with her.
What I liked most about the book si that it shows several aspacts of the "sweet life". Not everything is romantic, we also meet the shadows of the life of buying the farm. Drinkwater opens her heart to the readers for good and for worse, and this way she makes to book a masterpiece of the love story literature.
Thanks for this book. I have already ordered it's sequel and know that when it arrives I will need to put aside anything else for some reading hours.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Magical yet Real 5. September 2002
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This memoir of Provence reads truer to me than the Peter Mayle Provence books, much as I enjoy them. These people are real, their problems are believable, and almost from the first page you feel as if you have lived in their wonderful ruin of a house in the olive orchard in southern France. I hope Drinkwater is considering a sequel so we find out how her stepdaughters grew up, how the dogs did, and whether they have restored the house yet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen C'est magnifique! 10. August 2002
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I have just finished reading The Olive Farm by Carol Drinkwater and it was nothing less
than fabulous. I found it to be honest, sincere, humorous and incredibly moving. After
reading Ms. Drinkwater's work, I feel as though I know her. I want to visit her and Michel
and help work on their farm, drink wine with them and explore the south of France. It is
as if one were actually there and privy to all their joys, successes, failures and secrets. It
has been a very long time since I have read a book that I wanted more of. I was actually sorry
to have finished it. Bravo Ms. Drinkwater! Bravo!
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All my life, I have dreamed of acquiring a crumbling, shabby-chic house overlooking the sea. &quote;
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Along the Rue St François-Paule, written in patois as Carriera San-Francés-de-Paula, is a huilerie, an oil shop, belonging to the Moulin à Huile dOlive of Nicolas Alziari, a famous name in the business of oil production. &quote;
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If the fruit is ripe and healthy and plump, and therefore rich in oil, it is hoped that a measure (twelve and a half kilos) will achieve 2.7 kilos of oil which, divided by 900, equates to approximately three litres. In other words, after a phenomenally complicated system of calculation, the ideal is to produce fruit which will yield three litres of oil for every twelve and a half kilos of olives, or sixty litres for every mound. &quote;
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